Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making, Second Edition / Edition 2

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<p>Increasingly sophisticated technology and an ever-expand-ing base of knowledge have not been enough to allow humans to halt the worldwide progression of environmental degradation. Extensive fieldwork in both Africa and the United States convinced Allan Savory that neither the forces of nature nor commonly blamed culprits-overpopulation, poor farming practices, lack of financial support-were causing the decline of once-healthy ecosystems. He also noted that once land has become degraded, leaving it alone seldom helps revitalize it. Savory eventually came to realize that on the most fundamental level, environmental problems are caused by human management decisions, and only through wholesale changes in the way decisions are made can functioning ecosystems be restored. In response to that startling discovery, Savory began to develop a revolutionary new approach to decision-making and management. Known initially as Holistic Resource Management, and now as simply Holistic Management, it considers humans, their economies, and the environment as inseparable. It includes a common-sense decision-making framework that requires no specialized knowledge or elaborate technology to utilize, and is applicable in any environment or management situation. At the heart of the approach lies a simple testing process that enables people to make decisions that simultaneously consider economic, social, and environmental realities, both short- and long-term.<p>Holistic Management is a newly revised and updated edition of Holistic Resource Management (Island Press, 1988), which was the first book-length treatment of Savory's decision-making framework and how it could be applied. A decade of trial-and-error implementation has strengthened and clarified the book's ideas, and has expanded the scope of the process to include all manner of decisions and management situations, not just those that relate to land and resource management.<p>Holistic Management has been practiced by thousands of people around the world to profitably restore and promote the health of their land through practices that mimic nature, and by many others who have sought a more rewarding personal or family life. This book is an essential handbook for anyone involved with land management and stewardship-ranchers, farmers, resource managers, and others-and a valuable guide for all those seeking to make better decisions within their organizations or in any aspect of their personal lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559634885
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 231,530
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

PART I. Introduction
Chapter 1. Changing the Way We Make Decisions
PART II. Four Key Insights
Chapter 2. The Power of Paradigms
Chapter 3. The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum Of Its Parts
Chapter 4. Viewing Environments a Whole New Way
Chapter 5. The Predator-Prey Connection
Chapter 6. Timing Is Everything
Chapter 7. A New Framework for Management and Decision Making
PART III. The Power Lies in the Holistic Goal
Chapter 8. Defining the Whole: What Are You Managing?
Chapter 9. Forming a Holistic Goal: What Is It You Really Want?
Chapter 10. Developing a Sense of Ownership: Are You Sure That's What You Really Want?
PART IV. The Ecosystem that Sustains Us All
Chapter 11. The Four Fundamental Processes that Drive Our Ecosystem
Chapter 12. Water Cycle: The Circulation of Civilization's Life Blood
Chapter 13. Community Dynamics: The Ever-Changing Patterns in the Development of Living Communities
Chapter 14. Mineral Cycle: The Circulation of Life-sustaining Nutrients
Chapter 15. Energy Flow: The Flow of Fuel that Animates All Life
PART V. The Tools We Use to Manage Our Ecosystem
Chapter 16. From Stone Age Spears to Genetic Engineering
Chapter 17. Money and Labor: One or Both of These Tools Is Always Required
Chapter 18. Human Creativity: Key to Using All Tools Effectively
Chapter 19. Fire: The Most Ancient Tool
Chapter 20. Rest: The Most Misunderstood Tool
Chapter 21. Grazing: The Most Abused Tool
Chapter 22. Animal Impact: The Least Used Tool
Chapter 23. Living Organisms: The Most Complex Tool
Chapter 24. Technology: The Most Used Tool
PART VI. Testing Your Decisions
Chapter 25. Making Economically, Environmentally, and Socially Sound Decisions
Chapter 26. Cause and Effect: Stop the Blows to Your Head Before You Take the Aspirin
Chapter 27. Weak Link: The Strength of a Chain Is That of Its Weakest Link
Chapter 28. Marginal Reaction: Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck
Chapter 29. Gross Profit Analysis: Bringing in the Most Money for the Least Additional Cost
Chapter 30. Energy and Money: Using the Most Appropriate Forms in the Most Constructive Way
Chapter 31. Sustainability: Generating Lasting Wealth
Chapter 32. Society and Culture: Personal Values and Social Responsibility
PART VII. Completing the Feedback Loop
Chapter 33. Monitoring Your Plans and Keeping on Track
PART VIII. Some Practical Guidelines For Management
Chapter 34. Lessons Learned in Practice
Chapter 35. Learning and Practice: Shifting Your Paradigms
Chapter 36. Organization and Leadership: Creating an Environment that Nurtures Creativity
Chapter 37. Marketing: Developing a Strategy in Line with Your Holistic Goal
Chapter 38. Time: When to Expose and Reexpose Plants and Soils to Animals
Chapter 39. Stock Density and Herd Effect: Using Animals to Shape the Landscape
Chapter 40. Cropping: Practices that More Closely Mimic Nature
Chapter 41. Burning: When and How to Burn, and What to Do Before and After
Chapter 42. Population Management: Look to Age Structure Rather Than Numbers, Diversity Rather Than Single Species
PART IX. Planning Procedures Unique to Holistic Management
Chapter 43. Departing from the Conventional
Chapter 44. Holistic Financial Planning: Creating the Financial Roadmap to Your Holistic Goal
Chapter 45. Holistic Land Planning: Developing Infrastructure on Large Tracts of Land
Chapter 46. Holistic Grazing Planning: Getting Animals to the Right Place, At the Right Time, And for the Right Reasons
PART X. New Perspectives
Chapter 47. Expanding the Uses of the Holistic Management Model
Chapter 48. Diagnosing the Cause of Problems
Chapter 49. Making Research Relevant
Chapter 50. Creating Sound Policies
PART XI. Conclusion
Chapter 51. Changing Course: Creating the Future We Want
About The Savory Institute
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2001

    lfe changing as no other book

    no matter the resoures you manage, this book will enrich understanding of how natural systems work and interrelate. it has had tremendous impact on our family and is a major reason why we are part of the smithsonium exhibit 'Listening to the prairie' which is traveling the usa now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2000

    A Must For Those Concerned About Creating Healthy Land, People & Economies!

    This book sheds light on the root causes of so many of today's problems. Savory lays out brilliant road map for people who desire a high quality of life, prosperity, and a healthy ecosystem. Reading this book has shown me how I can honor my values and contribute to building a world that is sustainable. I will use these concepts and planning procedures to enhance manageability in my business, home, community, and on my farm.

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